WILMINGTON, Del. — Federal authorities have recovered about 400 handwritten pages from the wartime diary of a key Nazi adviser to Adolf Hitler after a 17-year search for the documents, officials said Thursday.
Alfred Rosenberg played a significant role in the slaughter of millions of Jews and other non-Aryans considered inferior under the Third Reich. He was convicted of war crimes at the Nuremberg trials after World War II and executed in 1946.
Officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department joined officials from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum for a news conference Thursday to outline how they found the documents, which cover the years 1936 to 1944.
Museum officials wrote in a Web posting Thursday that the documents provide valuable information, as Rosenberg helped orchestrate the looting of artwork and other valuables from Nazi-occupied territory during that the time.
Officials said the diary was smuggled into the United States after the war, most likely by Robert M.W. Kempner, a government lawyer during the Nuremberg trials.
Kempner died in 1993, and museum officials later took possession of some of his extensive document collection. But the Rosenberg diary remained missing until recently.